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Job burnout is a special type of work-related stress and is defined as a state of physical or emotional exhaustion that may also involve a sense of reduced accomplishment and loss of personal identity.

This time of the year, as the festive season approaches and demands to meet ‘season’ deadlines loom, we’re even more susceptible to feeling unable to keep going.

Some research suggests that many people who experience symptoms of job burnout don’t believe their jobs are the main cause. Whatever the cause, job burnout can affect your physical and mental health.

If you think you could be experiencing job burnout, ask yourself if you’ve been experiencing any of these symptoms:

• Have you become cynical or critical at work?

• Do you drag yourself to work and have trouble getting started?

• Have you become irritable or impatient with co-workers, customers or clients?

• Do you lack the energy to be consistently productive?

• Do you find it hard to concentrate?

• Do you lack satisfaction from your achievements?

• Do you feel disillusioned about your job?

• Are you using food, drugs or alcohol to feel better – or to simply not feel?

• Have your sleep habits changed?

• Are you troubled by unexplained headaches, stomach or bowel problems, or other physical complaints?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, consider talking to a doctor or a mental health provider because these symptoms can also be related to health conditions, such as depression.

What causes job burnout?

Lack of control

An inability to influence decisions that affect your job — such as your schedule, assignments or workload — could lead to job burnout. So could a lack of the resources you need to do your work.

Unclear job expectations

If you’re unclear about the degree of authority you have or what your supervisor or others expect from you, you’re not likely to feel comfortable at work.

Dysfunctional workplace dynamics

Perhaps you work with an office bully, or you feel undermined by colleagues or your boss micromanages your work. This can contribute to job stress.

Extremes of activity

When a job is monotonous or chaotic, you need constant energy to remain focused — which can lead to fatigue and job burnout.

Lack of social support

If you feel isolated at work and in your personal life, you might feel more stressed.

Work-life imbalance

If your work takes up so much of your time and effort that you don’t have the energy to spend time with your family and friends, you might burn out quickly.

So, what can you do about it?

Evaluate your options

Discuss specific concerns with your boss. You may be able to work together to change expectations or reach compromises or solutions. Try to set goals for what must get done and what can wait.

Seek support

Whether you reach out to co-workers, friends or loved ones, support and collaboration might help you cope. If you have access to an employee assistance program, take advantage of relevant services.


Explore programs that can help with stress – such as yoga, meditation or tai chi.


Regular physical activity can help you to better deal with stress. It can also take your mind off work.


Mindfulness is the act of focusing on your breath flow and being intensely aware of what you’re sensing and feeling at every moment, without interpretation or judgment. In a job setting, this practice involves facing situations with openness and patience, and without judgment.


Sleep restores well-being and helps protect your health, so consider seriously targeting sleep, as a solution to your general physical and mental well-being. Releaf Theanine is a good go-to. Unlike conventional sleep inducers, L-Theanine isn’t a sedative. It promotes good quality shut-eye through an anxiolytic effect. It’s also a caffeine antagonist, so you don’t have to give up too many of the things you enjoy, and that keep you going.



In addition to relaxing, regular exercise and seeking support to help manage your stress levels and avoid burnout, consider a multivitamin to optimise your sense of well-being and response to life.



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